Dr. Monika Scott likes to call herself a repeat offender. She started working at Evergreen Veterinary Clinic in 2006. She left in 2009, only to come back in 2016 because she couldn’t stay away from our team. She loves being part of the Evergreen family. While Dr. Scott was on hiatus from Evergreen, she was working as a small animal veterinarian in the Monterey/Salinas area where she lives and plays.
Dr. Scott knew from a young age she had a connection with animals: she was always drawn to them and spent hours content in their company. She grew up with rescue dogs and spent several summers in Greece surrounded by farm animals and stray cats. Dr. Scott did not seriously consider a career in veterinary medicine, however, until she was a graduating senior at UC Santa Cruz. She had an internship at the District Attorney’s office, was running a bait and tackle shop on the Capitola Wharf, and was also working part-time as a kennel assistant at a veterinary clinic. She found her passion at the vet’s office.
So, Dr. Scott went back to school after receiving her B.A. in Psychology and started taking the required prerequisites for veterinary medical school. In the process, she decided to get another degree and received her B.S. in Biology from California State University Sacramento.
It was then on to Veterinary Medical School at Kansas State University where her husband Michael had also just received a post-doctorate position. Although they enjoyed their four-year stint in the Midwest, the Scotts were eager to return to California. In 2005, soon after receiving her DVM, they settled on the Monterey Peninsula where Dr. Scott’s husband had accepted a position at California State University Monterey Bay teaching Mathematics.
Dr. Scott loves living on the central coast with her husband and young son, who includes, among his many career aspirations, veterinarian. They share their home with two rescue cats: Eris, the goddess of chaos and strife, and Boots, the cat with no boots. They also have a mixed breed rescue dog named Barley who is a happy dog living for food and adventures. They love the outdoors and try to spend the majority of their free time embracing it. Dr. Scott is an avid hiker and runner. She has completed several marathons and half marathons, as well as shorter distance races. She is even a two time Boston to Big Sur finisher and plans to continue to run the Boston Marathon as long as they will let her in. She also plans to run well into old age. Future running goals include tackling an ultramarathon distance. She also recently completed her Road Runners Club of America coaching certification.
Dr. Scott sees cats and dogs. She enjoys practicing medicine and loves getting to know pets and their families. She believes in the human-animal bond and hopes to protect and promote that bond through her role as a veterinarian.